Quick Write

How have your beliefs and ideas been shaped from birth?


What is ideology?

A system of ideas and ideals, especially one that forms the basis of economic or political theory and policy. “the ideology of republicanism”

In social studies, a political ideology is a certain ethical set of ideals, principles, doctrines, myths, or symbols of a social movement, institution, class, or large group that explains how society should work, and offers some political and cultural blueprint for a certain social order.

The set of ideas and beliefs of a group or political party.

Jonathan Haidt: Can a Divided America Heal?

20 Minutes. Jon Haidt is a Social Psychologist. Write down anything you think is important or that stands out to you. Write down any words you don’t know so we can make a list for everyone.

So the first thing that you have to always keep in mind when you’re thinking about politics is that we’re tribal. We evolved for tribalism. One of the simplest and greatest insights into human social nature is the Bedouin proverb:
“Me against my brother; me and my brother against our cousin; me and my brother and cousins against the stranger.”


Write for three minutes on the point that stood out to you. What did the author say?  Try to with hold your opinion in the summary portion. We will respond next.


I agree with X because …

I disagree with X because …


Quick Write

In your own words, what is the unending conversation? How does it connect to the report?

Library Research

Chaffey Library Databases

Report Purpose

The purpose of the next assignment is to present information. Basically, present the research you do on a topic of your choice. The topic and type of report is completely up to you.

Reports can be as different as a news report and an infographic.

What we need to do now is decide on the your purpose, topic, and genre.

Then we can identify the subgenre of report. Is it an expository essay, psychology term paper, lab report, journal article, or like Grossman, is it a newspaper feature article?

Each type of report will have different conventions. You will develop the research question, thesis statement, audience, structure, format, style and design, and include images or infographics. We will work together to help develop these conventions.

You must use five sources, three academic. You can also use websites, interviews, documentaries, something else?

Report Format

The report can be in any style of format that you think best suits it. Here is a list of choices:

  • Essay Report 1,000 words
  • PowerPoint slide 10+ slides
  • News Report 1-2 min Video
  • Wikipedia style page 1,000+ words
  • Featured Article in Newspaper 1,000+ words

Free Writing

Five minutes of free writing on whatever topic you are thinking about writing about. What do you know? What do you need to research? How are you going to organize it?